Adeniyi Akintola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has stated reasons why the All Progressives Congress lost to the Peoples Democratic Party in the Oyo State governorship election.
Akintola while speaking at the Independence Day lecture in Ibadan, the state capital, claimed that the party make a mistake by giving the party ticket to someone new to the party.
Recall that Adebayo Adelabu, the former Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria lost in the governorship election to Engr Seyi Makinde of the PDP.
But, Akintola while delivering an independence lecture entitled, “Psuedo Progressivism; Contemporary Political Malady In Nigeria With Focus On Tracing The Development Of Western Nigeria In Pre-Independence And Post-Independence Era” organised by Progressive Network (PRONET), said that the party lost the election by giving the ticket to Adelabu who was unknown to members.
Akintola, further stated that most of the leaders in this country deserve to visit a psychiatric hospital because of the way they are running the affairs of the country.
“I just came back from South Korea for a conference, at the conference, the President of the country mentioned Nigeria as one of the countries that made them attain their present feat.”
“Looking back at our country, I was seriously annoyed, angry with our leaders considering the level of development in South Korea compare to the present condition of the country, the level of poverty and unemployment is very alarming.”
“Our leaders only concern about their children and families. How can we described a situation where 25 years child of politicians having millions of naira in bank account while elderly person is struggling to get his monthly salaries.”
“South Korea was far behind us in the ’60s but now they are one of the leading countries in the world in the area of manufacturing, communications and their economy.”
“The present structure we are operating in Nigeria does not allow for development to thrive, they don’t put round peg in a round hole in terms of appointment and others.”
“Most of the politicians calling themselves progressive are just deceiving the masses to get to power, immediately they got to the office they turn to monsters.”
“Progressive should be principled, though it is tough but you have to endure and it would pay at the end of it all. Anyone who is moving from one political party to another is not a progressive.”
“Progressive is not about money but is all about name, discipline, principle and integrity. In true progressivism, the party members would contribute for candidate, not that candidate would start sharing money to party members to attain political office.”
“In progressive you earn position not that you buy your way. A situation where someone would join the party in July and got ticket in September is not progressive and that’s why APC lost in Oyo State in 2019 governorship election.”